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Van Eyck, The Arnolfini Portrait: Art Mysteries [Hardcover]

Stefano Zuffi

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12 Feb 2013 Art Mysteries
What makes 'The Arnolfini Portrait' by Jan van Eyck one of the best-known and reproduced works of art in the world? Exactly what mystery do we happen upon when we tiptoe into a houses's most private room, the bridal chamber? One by one, we stumble across hidden, unexpected details, meticulously reproduced thanks to the sensational realism of the painter's lens. Within the modest dimensions of an 'intimate' scene, the artist manages to condense a microcosm of the universe and a study of daylight, and invites us almost physically into the room. The convex mirror painted on the back wall, a marvellous contrivance that enlarges the space and the figures, turns us into actors instead of spectators, magically transported into that timeless room. Finally, who are the personages portrayed? Are they really the Arnolfini couple?

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Stefano Zuffi was born in 1961 in Milan. After graduating in History of Medieval and Modern Art at the University of Milan and in Museology and Museography at Milan Polytechnic, he began a career as an editorial and scientific consultant in art history. He has authored over 60 books for various publishers, some of which have been translated into several languages. He also contributes to cultural magazines and radio and is a screenwriter for documentaries.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Lavish, but lightweight 7 May 2014
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A lavishly presented and beautifully illustrated book, but sadly, a great disappointment. Very light on for facts, discussion or information. Nothing new on the mystery of the painting, I'd hoped for far more on the meaning of the incredible array of background detail. Frankly I learned far more from the Wikipedia entry.
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